All posts by rgsmith

Debate? I think not!

Did you watch last night’s gathering between Senators McCain and Obama? They billed it as a debate, but since very little debating took place, I am calling it a “gathering”. Another name for it might be, “he said, he did”. If I were to design a debate discussion or disputation dialogue I would first eliminate the moderator. (I can’t believe I said that since I am broadcast journalist). And I would eliminate the audience. I would have the two presidential protagonists sit close to one…

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Fall Folliage

It’s a colorful Fall here in the East so I thought this chilly October morning should have a little poetic tribute to the changing season. I now know why we call them leaves;Too soon they fall when frosted thievesLure their green to red and goldsIn colors soft and dazzling bolds. Leaves drop from age and sometimes breezeTo land on lawns by shrubs and trees.They drift in circles to the groundIn crinkling, cracking, scrunching sound. O’ leaves of branch and bush, behold!Your service lasts despite the…

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Justice

Some thoughts on calls for justice. Justice is defined in the dictionary as the quality of being just, impartial or fair. In recent times we’ve seen one side or another in demonstrations or news conferences demanding justice, but the way it’s said, and the meaning implied, has nothing to do with being impartial or fair. It seems individuals or groups in seeking the quality of justice, get caught up in the phrase and use it as a rallying cry to address perceived wrongs. When some…

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John Denver

A friend sent me a link to a John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary You Tube video of John’s song, “Leaving On A Jet Plane”. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LvtDb0ZPwQ&NR=1) John joins them on stage as they sing his song. I loved seeing it for it was the genesis of John’s entrance into the world arena of global stardom. Sure he had many other public appearances with the Chad Mitchell Trio and then beyond into the expanded wonder of public acclamation. But Peter, Paul and Mary’s recording opened the…

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